Saint Helena Catholic Church

Hobbs, New Mexico - Diocese of Las Cruces

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Father Ricardo Bauza was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He is the fifth of six children and has a twin brother that looks just like him. Father Ricardo studied philosophy in Mexico at the “Universidad Pontificia de México”. Then, being a part of a religious order, he was sent to study theology in Peru at the “Universidad Pontificia de Lima”. He finished his theological formation at the Graduate Theological Foundation, earning his Bachelor’s in Theology.


Father Ricardo accepted an invitation to join the Diocese of Las Cruces in 2003. He was ordained a deacon in September of 2004 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. For his first assignment, he served as deacon at Assumption Parish in Roswell, New Mexico.

On June 11, 2005 Father Ricardo was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ricardo Ramirez at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His first assignment, as a priest, was to St. Genevieve Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He served the parish for nine years. One of his greatest achievements, during his tenure, was founding the St. Genevieve Historical Society, and was instrumental in the restoration of St. Genevieve’s high altar.


Father Ricardo completed his Master’s Degree in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. In July 2014, Bishop Oscar Cantu assigned him as the pastor of Saint Helena Parish in Hobbs, New Mexico. In addition to his serving Saint Helena, Father Ricardo continues to serve as Co-Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Las Cruces. He is strongly pro-life, and has been involved in the Angel Gabriel Project.


In his free time Father Ricardo enjoys music, playing guitar, hiking, and scuba diving. He has participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March three times, and completed the White Sands Missile Range Sprint Triathlon three times.  During his 2014 pilgrimage to Spain he walked 300 miles on “El Camino de Santiago”. 


Father Ricardo believes the priesthood is a special call by God, and encourages everyone to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.